The City of Ballarat has offered assistance to its counterpart councils in Gippsland in the wake of the devastating fires that continue to burn across the state.
Acting CEO Neville Ivey said the City had been in contact with affected shires in Gippsland through the coordination of the Municipal Association of Victoria, to offer any resources needed to assist their relief and recovery operation.
To date, the Gippsland fires have claimed one life and destroyed at least 70 structures across an estimated 667,000 hectares (equivalent to 300,000 footy ovals).
“I think this really puts into perspective the enormity of these fires, the severe property and land loss, and the challenge it will be for these Gippsland communities to recover and rebuild,” Mr Ivey said.
Meanwhile, Council is appealing to Ballarat residents wanting to contribute to the relief effort in Gippsland to make a monetary donation online through Red Cross.
“We know there are many people who want to help, but we have been advised that the best way for people to assist our Gippsland neighbours is not to send clothes or items but to donate through charities like Red Cross who are on the ground and best placed to know what is needed and where,” Mr Ivey said. Follow this link to donate through the Red Cross Appeal.